Interview with Delphine Cornut, Malo’s stylist

by Alessandro Berga 

The first thing that I want to discuss is how MALO works. The Italian craftmanship heritage, per se. Can you talk about how MALO embraces the “Italy in Made”?

 Since its founding in 1972, MALO has always been strongly committed to quality. Quality materials. Quality style. Quality finishings. “Made in Italy”  enables exceptional trackability, from the textiles woven in Italy to the dyeing, from the design to the knitting — from start to finish, our models are crafted in Italy with particular attention to detail.

MALO clothes address both genders; male and female. Is this an answer to the catwalk stereotype or an attempt to address a new asexual audience?

The two collections complement each other and create a dialogue, so both sexes can swap pieces and raid each other’s closets!

Delphine, you are specifically the creative designer for MALO’s womenswear. How do you create a collection serving aspirational ladies and mademoiselles?

By looking around me, trying to capture the current mood, and identifying what is enduring about Malo’s style and what changes according to the seasons. For me, fashion is an attempt to determine what is permanent and what is fleeting, what is serious and what is light, what is sophisticated and what is casual.

What is the philosophy upon which your collections are based? Who are the women buying MALO?

For me, it is not a question of philosophy, but of style. The Malo woman has her own style, whatever her philosophy. Women who wear Malo must feel even more free to think whatever they want, to philosophize sometimes, but to live always.

”Palazzo” pant in stretch wool with bird’s eye pattern, Cashmere scarf cardigan with silk georgette, Girocollo ampio’s, jumpsuits, Knit and leather caps and gloves..What is the MALO Fall-Winter 2013-2014 story? The colour schemes are mostly “Bleu Blanc Paris” and monochromatic. What does this mean for you?

This season, I was very inspired by the 1920s. I tried to capture the modern spirit of that era and rework it into new and contemporary volumes. I wanted to convey in certain pieces the original and slightly extravagant aspect of that period. They’re called the “crazy years” and rightly so.

Overall, MALO’ collections have an urban feel. Is the city part of your field of inspiration? What are your inspirations and influences?

The city has always been a great source of inspiration for me. In the city everything is possible and everything comes together; the city is a diverse blend of experiences and cultures. Cities are of course nothing more than architecture, and architecture has certainly been one of my strongest influences.

Founded in Florence in 1972, Malo became a leading manufacturer of high-end cashmere in high-end know-how knitwear. Besides that, what is the secret to MALO’s success?

MALO’s identity lies not only in working with rare and precious materials, but also in conceiving them, structuring them , patiently constructing them to bring out the best in those who wear them. MALO’s secret is its love for quality craftsmanship without compromise, whether in terms of style or materials.

Alessandro Berga

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